Mid Murray residents asked for recommendations

Input: The Mid Murray Council is asking residents and key stakeholders to give feedback on genetically modified crops management in the district. Photo - Shutterstock.
Input: The Mid Murray Council is asking residents and key stakeholders to give feedback on genetically modified crops management in the district. Photo - Shutterstock.

Community consultation on genetically modified (GM) crops continues across South Australia, with the Mid Murray Council the latest to call on its residents and key stakeholders to provide feedback on the issue.

The council is hosting an online survey for people who would like to have say on the issue and want feedback, especially from those engaged in primary production activities and food processing or manufacturing activities.

Survey results would guide the decision on whether or not the council recommended to the State Government that the district should become a non-genetically modified crop area.

Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said it was important the council made a decision which was led by the people and industries which would be impacted the most.

"It's important all voices are heard in order for council to make an educated decision, so we look forward to hearing from these community stakeholders," Mr Burgess said.

"Farming is a vital industry for our region and contributes significantly to local jobs, family well-being and the regional economy."

The South Australian GM crop debate has been a topic of discussion in State Parliament for many years.

"The issue of GM crop production has been a contentious one on a global scale, but now as we face challenging economic circumstances, we welcome the opportunity to consider whether or not the relaxation of these conditions could benefit our community," Mr Burgess said.

Once the consultation is complete the Mid Murray Council will collate the information and provide further updates prior to making its submission to the State Government before the November 15 deadline.

For community members who want to give their feedback, the council's online survey will be open until 5pm, Wednesday, August 19 at https://www.mid-murray.sa.gov.au/community/public-consultation.

For more information on the consultation contact the council on 8569 0100.